Researchers have determined that certain chronic diseases increase a person’s risk of experiencing worse COVID-19 outcomes, including an increased risk of death,media reported. A new study from Pennsylvania State University details chronic diseases associated with a double or triple risk of COVID-19. The researchers explain that problems, from high blood pressure to cancer, increase the chances of a person dying from the virus.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is a serious condition that is most deadly for the elderly and anyone with impaired health. Experts noted that certain pre-existing risk factors and conditions were associated with an increased risk of death, and that these details became more precise in the months since the pandemic began.
The latest research on the subject — described as large-scale and international — was recently published in PLOS ONE. After analyzing data from more than 65,000 patients around the world, the researchers found that certain risk factors affected patients more than others. The following chronic diseases are associated with poor results in patients with COVID-19.
– Heart disease.
– High blood pressure.
– Chronic kidney disease.
– Congstive heart failure.
The researchers found that some of these conditions were more dangerous than others. For example, patients with cancer or diabetes who were infected with COVID-19 were 1.5 times more likely to die than those without these conditions. Congstive heart failure, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease were all twice as likely, while chronic kidney disease was associated with a triple risk of death.